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Caps Today, 2/25/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals will practice today at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in preparation for their matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night.

Washington scored the first goal of the game on Saturday against New Jersey, marking the seventh consecutive contest in which it has tallied the first goal of the game. The Capitals had a streak of nine consecutive games scoring first from 10/29/09-11/14/09.

Washington scored its first shorthanded goal of the season and first since Brooks Laich on March 11, 2012, against Toronto. Eric Fehr’s shorthanded tally was the first of his career.

Upcoming Media
Tomorrow, 12:45 p.m.: Alan May on The Sports Fix, ESPN 980 AM
Tomorrow, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Off-Day Notebook, 2-24-13 / Postgame Notebook: Caps 5, Devils 1
Caps365: Caps Postgame Locker Room 2/23/13 / Adam Oates Postgame 2/22/13 / Alex Ovechkin Postgame 2/23/13 / Devils Postgame Locker Room 2/23/13 / Peter DeBoer Postgame 2/23/13 / John Carlson 2/23/13 / Matt Hendricks 2/23/13 / Adam Oates 2/23/13 / Two-Man Advantage 2/23/13

Capitals Voice: Ovechkin Tricks The Devils, Capitals Win 5-1 Saturday Over New Jersey / Second Period Highlights: Ovechkin Scores, Holtby Stops A Penalty Shot

Washington Post: Capitals Coach Adam Oates saw Alex Ovechkin’s breakout performance coming / Capitals vs. Devils: Alex Ovechkin nets first hat trick in two years as Washington routs New Jersey / Capitals Insider: Capitals’ penalty kill is quietly improving / Capitals Insider: One-timers: Adam Oates’s trust is important to Alex Ovechkin / Capitals Insider: Report: Caps in eight-team conference in latest realignment proposal / Capitals Insider: Braden Holtby stops penalty shot at key juncture for Caps vs. Devils

Washington Times: Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick another step in transition to right wing / Alex Ovechkin hat trick highlights Capitals’ victory / Harris: Capitals need ‘8’ to continue to be great / Capitals notes: Eric Fehr makes most of ‘PK time’ / Capitals Watch: Morning After Analysis: Capitals 5, Devils 1 / Capitals Watch: Report: New NHL realignment proposal puts Capitals in 8-team division / Capitals Watch: Braden Holtby comes up clutch with penalty shot save / Capitals Watch: Alex Ovechkin hat trick sparks Capitals to win over Devils

Washington Examiner: Hats off to Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin in win over Devils / Loose Pucks: Devils visit timely for an Oates, McPhee chat

CSN Washington: Capitals weekly primer / Oates’ trust pays off for Ovechkin / ‘Vintage’ Ovechkin ignites Capitals / Instant Analysis: Caps 5, Devils 1 / Lamoriello: Oates on the right path / Beninati: Caps turn up heat on Devils Ovechkin’s hat trick lifts Capitals over Devils

Associated Press: Ovechkin’s hat trick lead’s Caps past Devils 5-1

SportsNet: NHL Week Ahead: Ovechkin Back in Form?

PennLive: Hershey Bears G Philipp Grubauer earns first official AHL shutout in win over Adirondack Phantoms
Ted’s Take: 100 Trips You Must Take In A Lifetime / Award-Winning Films on SnagFilms / Weekend Viewing Pleasure / Decibel Meters Are Back / Dr. Jeong H. Kim / Satisfying 24 Hours

Injury Update

D Jack Hillen – day-to-day
D Mike Green – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day
F Marcus Johansson – day-to-day